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Drilling slowdown cuts assessed value of property by 7 percent

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The assessed value of oil and gas development in Mesa County plummeted 70 percent this year compared to last year, a drop that likely will slice into the county’s 2011 budget. County Assessor Barbara Brewer told commissioners Monday ...

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West Slope banks among victims in credit-card scam

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Two Western Slope banks were victimized in a scheme allegedly headed by an Oakland, Calif.-based, self-described rap impresario, according to a grand jury indictment released Monday. The statewide grand jury indicted six individuals who ...

Indiana man killed in crash on Douglas Pass

By Paul Shockley

An Indiana man died on Monday after he lost control of his motorcycle on Douglas Pass, according to the Colorado State Patrol. The man, who wasn’t immediately identified by authorities, was riding south on Colorado Highway 139 just ...

Glenwood Caverns not part of possible caves closure

By Dennis Webb

A commercial cave operation in Glenwood Springs said Monday it would not be affected by possible U.S. Forest Service plans to close caves in Colorado for a year. The closure, which is being considered to protect bats from a deadly fungus, ...

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Man held in alleged rape, beating

By Paul Shockley

A Grand Junction man with a lengthy criminal past is accused of repeatedly choking, punching and sexually assaulting a woman early Saturday at her apartment as the woman’s children slept nearby, according to an arrest ...

Wildfire leads to forest closures for safety reasons

By Dennis Webb

The U.S. Forest Service has closed portions of the Main Elk drainage north of New Castle to the public for safety reasons because of the Meadow Creek Fire. “We are very concerned about public safety in the area near the fire,” ...

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Life term possible for assaults on boy

By Paul Shockley

A plea agreement formalized Monday allows for a maximum term of 48 years to life in prison for a woman who repeatedly raped a teenage boy. Cassandra Bell Lyle, 39, of Grand Junction, pleaded guilty as part of a deal that leaves a possible ...

GarCo eyes tighter regulation of drilling in Battlement Mesa

By Dennis Webb

A lawyer for the Garfield County commissioners has advised them that a proposal to strengthen local control over oil and gas drilling in Battlement Mesa doesn’t appear to be legal. That runs contrary to the advice from a Carbondale ...

More names sought for vets’ marker

By Staff

RIFLE — Volunteers responsible for the West Garfield County Veterans Memorial in Rifle are seeking names of veterans to add to the more than 2,700 already etched in stone there. They also want to know of any more names that were ...

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Mesa County pushes fuel conservation policy

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Mesa County commissioners on Monday unanimously adopted a fuel conservation policy that will encourage employees to reduce engine idling and shorten the number and length of trips. The policy applies to all county vehicles and equipment, ...

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